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Local Dentist in London SE1 Area Answers Common Queries Regarding Xerostomia

31 / 12 / 2011

Xerostomia is simply the fancy medical term for the common problem of dry mouth, often referred to as cotton mouth. It is a symptom that typically indicates a larger problem such as a dental disease. If you are a heavy smoker or frequent user of alcohol, you can worsen your xerostomia. Xerostomia can lead to halitosis, the medical term for constant bad breath. It also makes your mouth more vulnerable to dental cavities, because there is not enough saliva in your mouth to protect your teeth’s hard minerals. Saliva acts to remineralise the enamel of your teeth, and without enough saliva production, harmful bacteria are able to break away at the hard surfaces of your teeth with greater ease. Patients who suffer from xerostomia should consult their dentist straight away because your teeth are more at risk to tooth decay and cavities. If you have xerostomia, you need to be particularly good about practicing good oral hygiene at home and frequently visiting the dentist for check ups and clean ups. Make sure you are using a good fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristled tooth brush. You will want to brush and floss after every meal. The prevention of cavities is very important for people who have xerostomia. Keep yourself hydrated and speak to your local dentist in the London SE1 area for advice and tips on practicing good oral hygiene at home.

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